Medical Student Survey Results

The first year MD cohort at the University of Western Australia participated in answering a question.

As a future doctor, would you be comfortable in performing legal assisted suicide for a patient?

  1. Yes, I am comfortable being involved in assisted suicide
  2. No, but other physicians may participate in assisted suicide
  3. No, physicians should not be involved with assisted suicide

91 medical students responded and the response distribution is shown in the pie chart below


95% of students were not opposed to Euthanasia with 64% of participants happy to be directly involved with assisted suicide once they have graduated. 36%, however, are against direct involvement with assisted suicide. In a 2007 study of 854 Victorian doctors, 53% of doctors were in support of Euthanasia, quite similar to the 64% found in our smaller survey.1


  1. South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society. End of Life Choice [Internet]. Kent Town: South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society 2014 [cited 2015 Apr 9]. Available from:

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